May 19, 2011:
With the success of the Roku Remote for Android app, I've decided to create a new company and website called Jigawatt Labs. Please visit the Jigawatt Labs website for all the latest information about my current and upcoming Android apps!
March 14, 2011:
I've put out a few releases of the Roku Remote app since my last post. You can find the most recent version in the Android Market here:
This version has a great new feature that lets you navigate directly to any Roku channel. Just press the Menu -> Go To Channel option and pick your channel. I've also made a number of changes to improve the reliability of the connection to the Roku player box.
January 4, 2011:
It was great to have large blocks of time over the holidays to work on my apps. First up, a number of changes for Roku Remote:
- Bug fix (hopefully) to prevent locked up/down/left/right keys
- Option to lock screen orientation (see Device Preferences screen)
- Name of Roku displayed in title bar
- Access to hidden Bitrate and Secret screens (see new Extras menu option)
I also made major changes to Quick Poll Free and Quick Poll Pro:
- Improved Edit screen
- Shows vote details in the Results screen
- Free Only: increased number of poll options from two to three
- Pro Only: Support for unrestricted polls (vote for anything you want). See the new option in the Edit screen
- Pro Only: Send to either individuals or groups
Most of these changes came from great suggestions from users. Thanks to everyone who contributed suggestions, and keep them coming.
BTW, I've shut down the discussion board because I couldn't find a way to keep spammers from flooding it with junk postings.
November 2, 2010:
I've just released Roku Remote version 2.0 to the Android Market! This is a major release where I've re-writen nearly all the code. Here are the latest features:
Thanks to all the beta testers for the great feedback!
- Fast auto-scan of wired Roku devices (New - wired devices only)
- Faster text entry on search screens
- Auto detect IP address changes (wired devices only)
- Multiple Skins
- Support for multiple Roku players
- Supports Android 1.5 through 2.2
- Landscape and portrait mode
- Home screen widget
- Layout changes to support Roku's latest changes including new Back, Info and Replay buttons
September 30, 2010: I've just released a new BETA version of Roku Remote version 2.0! This is a major update (basically a total rewrite). For more details, visit my Roku Remote discussion board on Google Groups. Details on how to download and install the new beta version are there. You can also find a screen shot here.
June 4, 2010: I'm happy to announce the release of the new Enter Text feature for the Roku Remote app.
You know how painful it is to press a million arrow and enter buttons on the remote just to enter the title of a movie. The new Enter Text menu option significantly reduces the number of clicks. Just navigate to a Roku search screen, then press the "Enter Text" menu option. When done, just hit the back button to return to the main Roku Remote screen.
Note that this is a bit of a hack. The Roku player doesn't actually support the entry of text. The only way around this is for
the app to guess where the cursor is and do the arrow presses for you. If you find the app enters the wrong letter, click the Reset button to get it back in sync with the Roku box. See the Help screen for more details.
Please leave comment and/or suggestions on the discussion board or send an email to me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
May 28, 2010: With the release of the new Roku software and the ability to search for movies from the Roku box (and not from a PC), people are going to be frustrated with how difficult it is to enter text into the search screens. So, I'm working on a new Search feature that will make text entry into the search screens easier. I'm still testing it, but I expect to release the update soon. Also, I cleaned up the launch icon a bit. It still isn't hi-res though.
May 21, 2010: Well, I was looking through the Android Market page for developers, and came across a new feature called Bugs. Clicking on it shows what bugs people have been having. What I found was that a few people were having force closes when loading config files, even though nobody had sent me an email or left a message about it in the Android Market. I've fixed that and re-released the app with this minor change. But without Google's update to the developer page, including a detail log file of the force close, I never would have found that bug. Thanks Google!
February 1, 2010: I've just released a big update for the Roku Remote. Included in this update are: redesigned graphics (thanks Trista Jansen!), ability to switch between multiple skins (gray and teal), and support for multiple Roku players through the use of the Load and Save Config options.